March 31, 2024

The dream machine. An accelerator known as a muon collider could revolutionize particle physics—if it can be built.

US inflation ticked higher last month, reversing some recent progress. “Transitory.”

Monopoly Round-Up: How FTC Chair Lina Khan Cut Inhaler Costs to $35. Lina is da bomb.

There is an asymmetry in public life. If you err on the side of optimism, it can dog you forever. Ask Francis Fukuyama. Erring the other way incurs much less cost.

No Showers, No Sleep: Van Life Isn’t as Cool as Instagram Makes It Seem. With home prices so high, living on wheels seems a reasonable alternative. Many find it isn’t.

The CDC Is Squandering the Breakthrough RSV Vaccine.

Colleges Are Facing an Enrollment Nightmare.

From the playground to politics, it’s the bullies who rule. But it doesn’t have to be this way. At every stage of our lives we are forced into destructive competition. It’s not natural, and it holds the best people back.

March 30, 2024

Not every student needs Algebra 2. UC should be flexible on math requirement. Most don’t need algebra at all.

Astronomers have solved the mystery of why this black hole has the hiccups.

What Boeing did to all the guys who remember how to build a plane.

Facebook let Netflix see user DMs, quit streaming to keep Netflix happy: Lawsuit.

The wealth of the 1% just hit a record $44 trillion.

The Case for Marrying an Older Man. A woman’s life is all work and little rest. An age gap relationship can help. Finally some sanity on this subject.

Bring buttons and dials back to new cars. Touch screens distract drivers.

Resurging Corporate Profits Show Inflationary Pressures Are Reheating after Lull: Corporate Profits by Major Industry.

Negotiating Big Pharma’s Prices Won’t Stifle Innovation—They Don’t Use the Money to Innovate.

For young people, the job search has never been so miserable.

Vegetables are losing their nutrients. Can the decline be reversed?

Song lyrics getting simpler, more repetitive, angry and self-obsessed – study.

The Age of Cultural Stagnation.

An intranasal combination vaccine induces systemic and mucosal immunity against COVID-19 and influenza.

America’s Drivers Agree: LED Headlights Are Just Too Bright. Especially on a truck with a grille six feet high.

Fired Americans Say Indian Firm Gave Their Jobs to H-1B Visa Holders.

The first entirely US-made crystalline solar panels are coming to market.

Our Drunken Sailors Went Partying Again: Consumer Spending on Services, even Adjusted for Inflation, is Red-Hot.

March 29, 2024

The Eviction Experts.

The Pentagon’s Silicon Valley Problem. How Big Tech is losing the wars of the future.

“The Algorithm Told Me to Do It”: More Price Fixing in US Rental Market.

Incredible Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina Model B music cabinet.

Astronomers discover a rare eclipsing X-ray binary.

Anybody who thinks that it’ll be easy to teach “meaning” (as I described it above) to today’s generative AI is a fool, and you shouldn’t give them your money.

Ronald Reagan and The Great Social Security Heist.

Intel Brags of $152 Billion in Stock Buybacks Over Last 35 Years. So Why Does It Need an $8 Billion Subsidy?

March 28, 2024

These Butterflies Full of Wasps Full of Microwasps Are a Science Nightmare.

The Ever-Present Threat of Supply Shocks.

Friend didn’t get a job BECAUSE he’s on unemployment.

The Most Splendid Housing Bubbles in America, March 2024 Update: Biggest Price Drops from 2022 Peak: San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Phoenix, Dallas, Las Vegas.

STEM’s Empire. STEM rules everything around me.

The cost of groceries has risen by more than 25 percent since February 2020, the fastest since the 1970s.

When reasonable housing is not available near jobs, the supply of workers becomes artificially scarce.

Loneliness leads to changes in personality over time.

Very Slowly, the Reallocation of Tech Workers to Productive Uses Is Occurring.

Just lost my water rights at work.

March 27, 2024

Prices of New Houses -19% from Peak, Lowest since June 2021. Why Sales of New Houses Held Up, while Sales of Existing Houses Plunged.

Voters of color are shifting right.

Radios, how do they work?

Screens and teens: How phones broke children’s brains.

Inflation Reached 18% In 2022 Using The Government’s Previous Formula. That is about what I calculated.

Remote collaboration fuses fewer breakthrough ideas? Probably not.

Ignorance and democracy: Capitalism’s long war against higher education.

Think capitalism is terrible? This economist says it’s already dead. In his new book, economist Yanis Varoufakis argues that we’re living under a new form of feudalism. Have not read the book, but agreed.

A Dutch Architect’s Vision of Cities That Float on Water. Yes please.

March 26, 2024

Large Grocers Took Advantage of Pandemic Supply Chain Disruptions, F.T.C. Finds. We done know.

Today, the US is the largest crude producer in the world by a mile, pumping out over 13 million barrels per day.

It is to the credit of films like Call Me that they capture an aspect of sexuality that so often eludes mainstream films. Every individual is both the subject and the object of their own sexual desires; it is something which we cannot fully control, and yet which arises from within us, unbidden and at times unwanted.

hrome, Sweet Chrome: The 1958 Classic That Won Her Heart. What a great, forgotten car.

A Brazen Yogurt Heist Shows How Cyber Gangs Are Hijacking U.S. Goods.

Retirement is becoming a luxury in the US.

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun to step down, part of a shakeup after 737 Max problems.

March 24, 2024

Not everyone needs therapy.

In the attention economy, being a guy between 12 and 24 is a nightmare. The only way you’re seen is negative; you’re horny, hormonal, and smelly, and women three times your age will happily tell you how you suck and they’re terrified of you.

Spare a kind thought for the polite, horny teen boy.

Panic of 1857.

How Feminism Ends.

The 1.6 million-year-old discovery that changes what we know about human evolution. New research suggests language is eight times older than previously thought.

Signs of life detectable in single ice grain emitted from extraterrestrial moons, experimental setup shows.

California doubles State Water Project allocation thanks to February storms.

State Farm won’t renew 72,000 insurance policies in California, worsening the state’s insurance crisis.

We’re seeking a Systems Administrators” which include literally all of the knowledge that a Sys Admin would need, plus what a Network Engineer, plus a Mainframe Engineer, a Linux Web Server Engineer and sprinkle a little bit of .net Asp development and API testing.

Modern society is fucked.

The ‘American Dream’ of 2 Kids, a House and a Car Now Costs $3.4 Million.

March 23, 2024

That’s why we don’t use technical or industry terms in proposals to management.

Amid Weak Demand for Existing Homes, Active Listings & Price Reductions Jump, Listing Prices Weaken.

Probability Is Not A Substitute For Reasoning.

‘Gen X has had to learn or die’: Mid-career workers are facing ageism in the job market.

Across US, homeless initiatives highlight a growing crisis.

Working-age death rate 2.5x higher in the US than other countries. Why?

The New Normal for Mortgage Rates Will Be Higher Than Many Hope.

GM stops sharing driver data with brokers amid backlash.

Photography Is No Longer Evidence of Anything. Hasn’t been for a long, long time.

March 22, 2024

Uber-style pricing is coming for everything. More and more industries are adopting “dynamic pricing” — and consumers aren’t happy. I thought the future would be cooler.

hy can’t cashiers be human.

Suicide rates for 2023 at an all-time high for the United States.

America is a medium-sized country that will need many allies to prevail in Cold War 2 — and to deter a hot war.

Progressive California and Oregon revive the war on drugs amid fentanyl crisis.

FAA wants inspections of Boeing Max planes for wiring flaw that could lead to ‘loss of control.’ Boeing says it’s “not an immediate safety-of-flight issue,” but some aviation experts disagree.

In a boost for EVs, EPA finalizes strict new limits on tailpipe emissions.

Some of the Most Popular Websites Share Your Data With Over 1,500 Companies.

U.S. files antitrust lawsuit against Apple alleging company monopolized smartphone market.

House passes bill to prevent the sale of personal data to foreign adversaries.

The Story of the Boeing Whistleblower Found Dead Just Keeps Getting Weirder.

Secret RCMP report warns Canadians may revolt once they realize how broke they are. Right from the get-go, the report authors warn that whatever Canada’s current situation, it ‘will probably deteriorate further in the next five years.’ Canada is in a long-term downward slide now.

Report: 44% of all Single-Family Home Purchases were from Private Investors in 2023.

Progression of fortune.

Big Tech just lost a round in its fight to profit from our private data.

Significantly More Female Psychopaths Go Undetected Due to Male-Centric Definitions of Psychopathy.

March 21, 2024

The New York Times Does PR for Walmart. Hell, it does PR for all large corporations.

The upside of recessions. New research confirms it: The worse the economy gets, the longer we live. But why?

Job boards are still rife with ‘ghost jobs’. What’s the point?